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‘The Bold Type’s Aisha Dee Calls For More Diversity, Scrutinizes Ava Storyline Ahead of Season 4 Finale

THE BOLD TYPE - "The Truth Will Set You Free" - Jane isn't comfortable in her post-surgery body, but a visit from her dad may change her outlook. Sutton and Richard make plans for the future. Kat tries to move forward at work with a podcast, but her first episode comes with a price. This episode of "The Bold Type" airs Thursday, July 2, at 10:00p.m. ET/PT on Freeform. (Freeform/Jonathan Wenk) AISHA DEE

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Ahead of tonight’s season finale of The Bold Type, Aisha Dee is calling out the series for lack of diversity. Additionally, she’s coming after an on-screen relationship that many fans are probably hoping to forget all about. 

Dee not only stood up for her character, Kat Edison, whose character development and storylines suffered in the latter half of the season, but for all the girls and women who look like her. 

In an open letter posted to Instagram, Dee said she was inspired by her own courageous, unapologetic, and outspoken character. 

“What would Kat do? She would take a stand and advocate for herself and all other marginalized voices to influence change,” Dee wrote. “I am ready to push harder and speak louder for what matters to me: The diversity we see in front of the camera needs to be reflected in the diversity of the creative team behind the camera.”

The actress said that during the show’s four-season run, the series had one Black woman that directed, adding,  it took “three seasons to get someone in the hair department who knew how to work with textured hair.” She added that it took “two seasons to get a BIPOC” in the writers’ room. And throughout the Kat and Adena torrid love story, no one in the writer’s room was a queer Black or Muslim woman.

Dee also expressed her frustrations with the “confusing” and “out of character” storyline of the season that found Kat falling for Ava, a conservative whose father supported gay conversion therapy. 

Fans have been vocal about how much they dislike the storyline and even protested it on social media, and Dee didn’t hold back when she explained she felt exactly the same way. 

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“It was heartbreaking to watch Kat’s story turn into a redemption story for someone else, someone who is complicit in the oppression of so many. Someone whose politics are actively harmful to her communities,” she wrote. 

She summed it up by saying that her words were coming from a place of love and care: “The Bold Type has done so much good, but it struggles to understand the intersections many of its characters live in,” she wrote. “For a show that frequently uses words like intersectionality, inclusion, discourse, and the various isms, I wonder how its stories may have been elevated had they been told through the lens of people with more varied lived experience.”

“By speaking out, I’m taking a risk,” she concluded. “It’s scary, but it’s worth it. This is not judgment. This is a call to action. We deserve to see stories that are for us, by us.”

Sounds like something our girl Kat would say! 

We’ve seen Kat’s fearlessness pay off on screen, and it’s heartwarming to know that it carries over into reality. Shortly after Dee posted her letter — and got the support of her two on-screen and real-life besties Katie Stevens (Jane) and Meghann Fahy (Sutton) — Freeform and Universal TV responded in a joint statement acknowledging the issues she raised. 

“We applaud Aisha for raising her hand and starting conversations around these important issues. We look forward to continuing that dialogue and enacting positive change,” the statement said. “Our goal on The Bold Type is and has always been to tell entertaining, authentic stories that are representative of the world that Kat, Jane and Sutton live in — we can only do that if we listen,” it added. 

Let’s hope that come season 5, the series will nix that terrible love story and give Kat a worthy romance that embraces her as queer Black woman. 


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Freeform’s ’25 Days of Christmas’ Lineup Officially Kicks Off With Beloved Classics

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Freeform 25 days of Christmas 2020 lineup

Freeform’s “25 Days of Christmas” lineup has officially kicked off.

The schedule runs through midnight on December 26, which means you have plenty of time to squeeze in your holiday fix of movies. 

And there’s plenty of beloved classics to choose from including Home Alone, Love Actually, The Santa Clause and more. 

Check out the festive schedule below:

Tuesday, Dec. 1

8:20 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

12 a.m. – “Deck the Halls” (2006)

Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon in “Love Actually” (2003).Universal Pictures

Wednesday, Dec. 2

7 a.m. – “It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas”

11 a.m. – “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994)

1:40 p.m. – “Deck the Halls” (2006)

3:45 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

6:25 p.m. – “The Santa Clause”

8:30 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 2”

12 a.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

Thursday, Dec. 3

7 a.m. – “The Simpsons” – Christmas episodes

10:30 a.m. – “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic 2”

11:30 a.m. – “Jingle All the Way 2”

1:35 p.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”

3:40 p.m. – “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”

5:50 p.m. – “Home Alone”

8:20 p.m. – “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”

12 a.m. – “Jingle All the Way 2”

Friday, Dec. 4

7 a.m. – “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic”

8:05 a.m. – “The Preacher’s Wife”

10:45 a.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”

12:50 p.m. – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”

2:30 p.m. – “The Santa Clause”

4:40 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 2”

7:10 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

9:15 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

11:55 p.m. – “Deck the Halls” (2006)

Saturday, Dec. 5

7 a.m. – “The Preacher’s Wife”

9:40 a.m. – “Deck the Halls” (2006)

11:45 a.m. – “Prancer Returns”

1:50 p.m. – “Jingle All the Way 2”

3:55 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

6:35 p.m. – “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”

7:40 p.m. – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

8:45 p.m. – “Frosty the Snowman”

9:20 p.m. – “The Santa Clause”

11:30 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 2”

Sunday, Dec. 6

7 a.m. – “Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic”

8 a.m. – “Prancer Returns”

10:10 a.m. – “Jingle All the Way 2”

12:15 p.m. – “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”

2:20 p.m. – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”

4 p.m. – “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”

5:05 p.m. – “Frosty the Snowman”

5:40 p.m. – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

6:45 p.m. – “Home Alone”

9:15 p.m. – “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”

11:55 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

Monday, Dec. 7

12 p.m. – “The Holiday”

3:10 p.m. – “Love Actually”

6:20 p.m. – “The Santa Clause”

8:30 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 2”

12 a.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”

Tuesday, Dec. 8

7 a.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”

10:30 a.m. – “Love Actually”

1:35 p.m. – “The Preacher’s Wife”

4:10 p.m. – “The Perfect Holiday”

6:15 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

8:20 p.m. – “Almost Christmas” – Freeform premiere

12 a.m. – “Black Nativity”

Wednesday, Dec. 9

10:30 a.m. – “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic”

11:30 p.m. – “Prancer Returns”

1:40 p.m. – “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”

3:50 p.m. – “The Star” (2017) – Freeform premiere

5:50 p.m. – “Home Alone”

8:20 p.m. – “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”

12 a.m. – “Prancer Returns”

Thursday, Dec. 10

7 a.m. – “The Simpsons” – Christmas episodes

10:30 a.m. – “The Star” (2017)

12:30 p.m. – “The Santa Clause”

2:30 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 2”

4:35 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

6:40 p.m. – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”

8:20 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

12 a.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”

Friday, Dec. 11

7 a.m. – “Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic”

8 a.m. – “Snow”

10 a.m. – “Snow 2: Brain Freeze”

12 p.m. – “Snowglobe”

2 p.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”

4:05 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

6:45 p.m. – “Home Alone”

9:15 p.m. – “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”

11:55 p.m. – “Daddy’s Home 2” – Freeform premiere

Saturday, Dec. 12

7 a.m. – “The Simpsons” – Christmas episodes

8 a.m. – “Daddy’s Home 2”

10:05 a.m. – “The Santa Clause”

12:15 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 2”

2:45 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

4:50 p.m. – “Toy Story” (Disney-Pixar)

6:50 p.m. – “Toy Story 2” (Disney-Pixar)

8:55 p.m. – “Toy Story 3” (Disney-Pixar)

11:25 p.m. – “Toy Story That Time Forgot” (Disney-Pixar)

11:55 p.m. – “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”

Sunday, Dec. 13

7 a.m. – “Love the Coopers”

9:30 a.m. – “Toy Story That Time Forgot” (Disney-Pixar)

10 a.m. – “Prancer Returns”

12 p.m. – “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”

2:05 p.m. – “Home Alone”

4:35 p.m. – “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”

7:15 p.m. – “The Santa Clause”

9:25 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 2”

11:55 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

Monday, Dec. 14

7 a.m. – “Prancer Returns”

10:30 a.m. – “The Perfect Holiday”

12:35 p.m. – “Almost Christmas”

3:10 p.m. – “Home Alone”

5:40 p.m. – “Home Alone: 2 Lost in New York”

8:20 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

12 a.m. – “The Perfect Holiday”

Tuesday, Dec. 15

10:30 a.m. – “The Magic Snowflake”

12 p.m. – “Jingle All the Way 2”

2 p.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”

4:05 p.m. – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”

5:45 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

8:25 p.m. – “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”

10:30 p.m. – “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice”

12 a.m. – “Jingle All the Way 2”

Wednesday, Dec. 16

11:30 a.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”

1:35 p.m. – “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994)

4:15 p.m. – “The Santa Clause”

6:25 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 2”

8:55 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

12 a.m. – “Black Nativity”

Thursday, Dec. 17

7 a.m. – “The Simpsons” – Christmas episodes

10:30 a.m. – “The Little Drummer Boy” (1968)

11 a.m. – “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994)

1:40 p.m. – “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”

3:45 p.m. – “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”

5:50 p.m. – “Home Alone”

8:20 p.m. – “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”

12 a.m. – “Life Size 2: A Christmas Eve”

Friday, Dec. 18

7 a.m. – “Holiday in Handcuffs”

9:05 a.m. – “The Holiday”

12:15 p.m. – “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”

2:20 p.m. – “The Santa Clause”

4:25 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 2”

6:55 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

9 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” (2018) – Freeform premiere

11 p.m. – “The Star” (2017)

1 a.m. – “The Simpsons” – Christmas episodes

Saturday, Dec. 19

7 a.m. – “Kung Fu Panda Holiday”

7:30 a.m. – “The Little Drummer Boy” (1968)

8 a.m. – “The Star” (2017)

10:05 a.m. – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”

11:45 a.m. – “Home Alone”

2:15 p.m. – “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”

4:55 p.m. – “Frosty the Snowman”

5:30 p.m. – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

6:35 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” (2018)

8:40 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

11:20 p.m. – “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994)

Sunday, Dec. 20

7 a.m. – “The Simpsons” – Christmas episodes

9:30 a.m. – “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994)

12:10 p.m. – “Jingle All the Way 2”

2:20 p.m. – “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”

3:25 p.m. – “Frosty the Snowman”

4 p.m. – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

5:05 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

7:45 p.m. – “Home Alone”

10:15 p.m. – “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”

12:55 a.m. – “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”

Monday, Dec. 21

10:30 a.m. – “Jingle All the Way 2”

12:30 p.m. – “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994)

3 p.m. – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”

4:30 p.m. – “The Santa Clause”

6:30 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 2”

9 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

12 a.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”

Tuesday, Dec. 22

7 a.m. – “Santa’s Apprentice”

8:30 a.m. – “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994)

11 a.m. – “The Perfect Holiday”

1 p.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”

3:05 p.m. – “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”

5:10 p.m. – “Home Alone”

7:40 p.m. – “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”

10:20 p.m. – “The Night Before” – Freeform premiere

12:30 a.m. – “The Simpsons” – Christmas episodes

Wednesday, Dec. 23

7:30 a.m. – “Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve”

9:30 a.m. – “The Mistle-tones”

11:30 a.m. – “Holiday in Handcuffs”

1:30 p.m. – “The Santa Clause”

3:35 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 2”

6:05 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

8:10 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

10:50 p.m. – “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”

11:55 p.m. – “Prancer Returns”

Thursday, Dec. 24

7 a.m. – “The Simpsons” – Christmas episodes

10:30 a.m. – “Prancer Returns”

12:30 p.m. – “Home Alone”

3 p.m. – “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”

5:35p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

8:15 p.m. – “Frosty the Snowman”

8:50 p.m. – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

9:55 p.m. – “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”

12 a.m. – “The Simpsons” – Christmas episodes

Friday, Dec. 25

7 a.m. – “The Simpsons” – Christmas episodes

10:30 a.m. – “The Santa Clause”

12:30 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 2”

2:30 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

4:30 p.m. – “Frosty the Snowman”

5 p.m. – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

6 p.m. – “Home Alone”

8:30 p.m. – “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”

12 a.m. – “The Simpsons”


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Watch the ‘Doctor Who’ 2020 Holiday Special Trailer Now

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Doctor Who Holiday Special 2020 Trailer

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays. 

And that can only mean one thing — a special holiday episode of Doctor Who

BBC America announced the episode “Revolution of the Daleks” will air at 8 p.m. ET on New Year’s Day.

The announcement was accompanied by a trailer that includes Chris Noth, John Barrowman, and Jodie Whittaker’s Time Lord coming to you from behind a high-security alien prison.

Oh, there’s also flying Daleks. 

 

“We’ve crammed this year’s Doctor Who special with an explosion of extraordinary acting talent,” said showrunner Chris Chibnall in a statement. “Where else would you get British acting royalty, a globally renowned US screen star, an (inter)national treasure of stage and screen and one of Britain’s hottest young actors — just in the guest cast! Put those together with Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill, and Tosin Cole (and Daleks! Did I mention Daleks!) — and you get a cast to be exterminated for. And things will explode. Promise.”

So, mark your calendar’s and check out the trailer below:


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‘Nancy Drew’ Season 2 Trailer Teases New Mystery, Same Thrills

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Nancy Drew Season 2: A New Mystery

In case it wasn’t made clear on Nancy Drew Season 1, Maine has a bit of a ghost problem. 

That ghost problem continues into season 2 on as Nancy and her Scooby Gang (Drew Crew) embark on a brand new mystery. 

The series returns Wednesday, January 20 — finally! — following a COVID-19 production hiatus. 

Best ‘Nancy Drew’ Season 1 Twists

In the first trailer promoting the return,  Nancy finds herself smack-dab in the middle of the mystery because as the saying goes, “where there’s smoke…”

The Drew Crew’s latest case involves a woman who uttered Nancy Drew’s name before she was attacked and lost consciousness. 

“How do you have the bandwidth for another mystery?” George (Leah Lewis) asks Nancy, but that’s clearly rhetorical… has she even met Nancy?!

But they obviously haven’t forgotten all about the Aglaeca curse (which claimed the life of Nancy’s bae, Owen) as Bess (Maddison Jaizani) exclaims: “Death can come to us at any moment.”

QUIZ: Which ‘Nancy Drew’ Character Are You?

Their adventures bring the Drew Crew to a deserted school bus where Nancy warns them to “stay calm,” adding, “It cannot find us if we’re not afraid.” But surely, that’s easier said than done as “it” is right on their trail. 

And don’t worry — the season continues to amp up the scares with terrifying ghosts and monsters appearances that’ll scare the bejeezus out of you. 

Watch the trailer below:

Catch the return of Nancy and crew on  Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 9/8c.

 


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